In a Car
Tips to Keep Your Car Safe
- Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdowns.
- Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips. Have enough gas and money to get there and back.
- Drive with all car doors locked. Keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- If you see another motorist in trouble, signal that you will get help and then go to a telephone and call police.
- If your car breaks down, raise the hood, use flares, or tie a white cloth to the door handle. Stay in the locked car. When someone stops, ask them to phone for help.
- Park in well-lit areas that will still be well-lit when you return. Lock your car doors.
- Be particularly alert and careful when using underground and enclosed parking garages.
- If you are being followed while driving, drive to the nearest police or fire station, open gas station, business, or well-lit residence where you can safely call police. Try to get the car's license number and description. If no safe areas are near, honk the horn repeatedly and turn on your emergency flashers.
For more tips, please contact:
The National Crime Prevention Council
The Woodward Building
733 15th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005